Just finished J.H. Moncrieff’s guest blog on terribleminds.com. My favorite comment is to Keep Breaking the Rules. She writes,
Keep Breaking the Rules
When it comes to writing, I break every rule in the book. I don’t outline. I don’t write at the same time every day. I don’t know the end of my novels before I start—and yet, they always work out the way they should. Whenever someone tells me I should change my way of doing things, I smile sweetly and keep on writing. (If I’m in a good mood—if I’m not, my response is a little on the blunt side.)*
This makes me giddy. I have trouble with the traditional outline, although I do enjoy the process of just trying to define my character in a few sentences. That is a very helpful technique. But the outline has always escaped me. I was really bummed to hear Jim Butcher say that his first successful novel was the one in which he finally gave in and outlined. (He said this during his appearance at last year’s DragonCon.)
I’m not sure if every writer outlines and J.H. and I are the real outliers, but I’d like to hear what others do…leave a reply.
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